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"I told you I was sick!" : Real Epitaphs

By: palmettobug53, 1:12 AM GMT on February 28, 2006



When I pass over Jordan, I wish I could be buried in one of those old cemeteries with all those great headstones, mausoleums and monuments, with all the carving and sculpture. I HATE those generic places, with the little brass plaques. I know it makes it easier to mow and maintain, but they have absolutely NO character.
I love to wander around old cemeteries (Charleston is FULL of them) and read the names, dates and epitaphs, and wonder who those people were and what they were like. Every now and then, you run across interesting or humorous things carved on them.
This blog is going to be about those words carved in stone: epitaphs. There's some goodies out there, too. See how many we can find!
Here's a couple to get you started:

A widow wrote this epitaph in a Vermont cemetery:
Sacred to the memory of
my husband John Barnes
who died January 3, 1803
His comely young widow, aged 23, has
many qualifications of a good wife, and
yearns to be comforted.

On a grave from the 1880's in Nantucket, Massachusetts:
Under the sod and under the trees
Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.
He is not here, there's only the pod:
Pease shelled out and went to God.

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THE MORNING AFTER BLOG

By: palmettobug53, 2:29 PM GMT on February 26, 2006

Looks like everyone had a good time last night! Thank you all for coming; it was a gas! I'm looking forward to Finn's birthday bash later.

Black Ethel slept in this morning. In spite of being a pirate, she's not really used to being up so late! Until she can pull together her new blog for the week, she's providing breakfast for the crew. Enjoy!




and I believe some of this may be needed, for those real or virtual hangovers:

Updated: 2:40 PM GMT on February 26, 2006

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AVAST THERE, PART DEUX

By: palmettobug53, 3:52 AM GMT on February 26, 2006



Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest-
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

I be Black Ethel Bonney, and I be your hostess for tonight!
Three cheers for our First Captain Damon and First Wench Shera! May they sail long and free!

Break out the grog, man the crow's nest, up anchor and let's get this party sailing! Our ship is The Bloody Storm!

Iffen yer needs a pirate name, go here:
Getcher Pirate Name Here

More Pirate help:How to Speak Pirate

Our cast of characters for the First Annual Mystic Order of WUBA Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball, "Pirates of the Caribbean":

First Captain / Damon
First Wench / Shera
Black Ethel Bonney / Bug (hostess)
Cap'n Jack / Wab
Betty Booty / Dallas
Cap't Jack Sparrow / Heavy Snow
Pirate Karen / SBKaren
Gun Powder Gertie / DannDe
Tropic Wench / oneshot
Iron Tom Vane / 03
Liza Jane / Gamma
Dancing Wench / hurigo
Cap'n Hills / Hills
Davey Jones / Storm Drain
Quartermaster Brass Crab John / Crab
Iron Sam Kidd / Hurricane King
Grainne Ni MHaille / hurigo
Cap'n Jean LaFillet / Doc
Dirty Mary Bonnee / carolina

Updated: 4:49 AM GMT on February 26, 2006

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AVAST, THERE ! It's the WUBA Mardi Gras Party!

By: palmettobug53, 12:52 AM GMT on February 26, 2006



Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest-
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

I be Black Ethel Bonney, and I be your hostess for tonight!
Three cheers for our First Captain Damon and First Wench Shera! May they sail long and free!

Break out the grog, man the crow's nest, up anchor and let's get this party sailing! Our ship is The Bloody Storm!

Iffen yer needs a pirate name, go here:
Getcher Pirate Name Here

More Pirate help:How to Speak Pirate

Our cast of characters for the First Annual Mystic Order of WUBA Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball, "Pirates of the Caribbean":

First Captain / Damon
First Wench / Shera
Black Ethel Bonney / Bug (hostess)
Cap'n Jack / Wab
Betty Booty / Dallas
Cap't Jack Sparrow / Heavy Snow
Pirate Karen / SBKaren
Gun Powder Gertie / DannDe
Tropic Wench / oneshot
Iron Tom Vane / 03
Liza Jane / Gamma
Dancing Wench / hurigo
Cap'n Hills / Hills
Davey Jones / Storm Drain
Quartermaster Brass Crab John / Crab

Updated: 3:51 AM GMT on February 26, 2006

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Mystic Order of WUBA Pre-Mardi Gras Party Blog

By: palmettobug53, 2:33 AM GMT on February 25, 2006

Ok, folks, we're in the homestretch for our first annual Mystic Order of WUBA Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball! As you all know, the theme for our party is "Pirates of the Caribbean". So, get your choose your character, get your costumes ready and be ready to party tonight at 8 P.M.!
OK, folks....since we seem to have a three way deadlock, we're going to have a run-off! The three leading Captains are: Doc, Hills and Damon ! The three leading Wenches are Gamma, Dallas and Shera! Confab amongst yourselves and decide! Thinking that it may be best to do it that way? Ya'll want to mail me in the votes or decide tomorrow night, once the party starts?
To get everyone into the mood, dressed and accessorized, I'll try to post in some links here.
Center Stage

Talk Like A Pirate

Pirates, Facts and Legend

No Quarter Given

Pirate Images (Note: these are historical block prints)

Nat'l Geo Pirates

The Pirate's Hold

PIRATES!

Pirates and Privateers

Swashbuckler's Cove

ARGHHH! Tales From The Deep

Scurvy Dogs in Pirate Garb

Dress Like A Pirate

Updated: 4:47 PM GMT on February 25, 2006

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Movies with a Southern Flair

By: palmettobug53, 3:22 PM GMT on February 19, 2006



I thought I'd do a new, short blog before our Mardi Gras party this coming weekend. (I'll set up the pre-party blog on Wednesday.) In the meantime, let's have some fun and see how many movies we can list with Southern themes.
Pictured above, of course, is the classic, "To Kill A Mockingbird", starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, Mary Badham as Scout, Philip Alford as Jem, and (in what I think was his first movie role), Robert Duval as Boo Radley. This is one of my all time favorites, the only book written by Harper Lee, that was ever published.
Miss Lee lives very quietly,in Monroeville, AL. Her childhood friendship with Truman Capote is what I think inspired the character of "Dill", in the book and movie.
To read more about Miss Lee, the book and movie:

Harper Lee

Anyway, let's have some fun in the next couple of days or so. List your favorite Southern movie. Add some little known trivia about the story, the actors or the making of the movie. And don't forget about the old B&W films prior to the 50's, either!

Here's our list so far: (in the order they got posted)
Gone With The Wind
To Kill A Mockingbird
Down By Law
Cape Fear
Pelican Brief
The Client
A Time To Kill
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Yearling
Driving Miss Daisy
Sling Blade
Shadrach
Shy People
Passion Fish
Fried Green Tomatoes
Yankee Doodle Dandy (Honorary Southern Movie)
Big Easy
Everybody's All American
Steel Magnolias
Cookie's Fortune
The Big Chill
Forest Gump
Days of Thunder
Smoky and The Bandit
Out of Time
Nashville
Crimes of the Heart
Honeysuckle Rose
Deliverance
Places in the Heart
Easy Rider
Sweet Home Alabama
The Grass Harp
Crazy in Alabama
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
A Streetcar Named Desire
Norma Rae
Inherit the Wind
Cool Hand Luke
Cold Mountain
The Defiant Ones
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang
The Color Purple
The General
Goodbye, My Lady
I Go Pogo
L'il Abner
The Bear
My Dog Skip
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
Suddenly Last Summer
Mississippi Burning
Mississippi Marsala
Ghosts of Mississippi
The Long Walk Home
Coal Miner's Daughter
Rembember the Titans

Updated: 12:42 AM GMT on February 25, 2006

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LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS........

By: palmettobug53, 2:58 AM GMT on February 17, 2006





It's time again for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition:

The 2006 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition will take place Wednesday, February 15th, through Sunday, February 19th, 2006 . Celebrating its 23rd year and held in the historic city of Charleston , SC, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is the largest wildlife art event in the country, featuring wildlife and nature paintings, carvings, sculpture and photography. Attracting over 40,000 attendees, SEWE draws artists and attendees from across the country and around the world. To read more:
SEWE

This weekend, downtown Charleston will be crowded with vendors, exhibits, demonstrations of all types and, of course, crawling with tourists. This exposition draws people from hundreds of miles away. There's a bit of something for everyone. I haven't been to it in years, as parking downtown is terrible at the best of times, and on Exposition weekend, is near impossible. Am a bit ashamed of that fact. LOL Guess I could catch the bus! The first year, I did get out and wander around a few of the free exhibits. There's some fabulous art to be seen. From paintings to sculptures, in every imaginable medium and wildlife subject matter. I guess the best way to see it is to check into a hotel downtown, and walk. They usually have some great demonstrations with dogs; anything from hunting skills to agility contests. If you enjoy birdwatching, hunting, fishing, etc., you would probably enjoy visiting the Exposition sometime!

Updated: 1:23 AM GMT on February 18, 2006

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NICE ICE

By: palmettobug53, 2:45 AM GMT on February 10, 2006


(Photo from Monsterchef.net/ St. Paul Ice Sculpture Contest in 2003. And I looked all over, and didn't see anything about copyrights, anywhere on there, so hopefully, this one is OK)

Since we're having some frigid weather way down South in the next few days, I thought it would be appropriate to devote a blog to ice.

There are several ice hotels, one in Quebec, Canada, the Aurora Ice Museum, in Chena Hot Springs, Alaska and another in Jakkasjarvi, Sweden.


Ice Hotel, Quebec
Check out their picture gallery and their 360 degree virtual tours. Neat!

Aurora Ice Museum

Ice Hotel, Sweden

Not to mention all the ice festivals that are held every year, with ice villages and ice sculptures. The ice palaces at the St. Paul, Minnesota Winter Carnival are incredible:

Ice Palaces

So, get out there and have fun with ice! Or stay inside, and post some ice facts!

Updated: 2:36 PM GMT on February 11, 2006

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Yes, we have gators......

By: palmettobug53, 6:18 PM GMT on February 03, 2006


ALLIGATOR IN THE SWAMP AT MIDDLETON PLANTATION, NEAR CHARLESTON, SC

South Carolina does, indeed, have alligators. The Carolina Lowcountry has lots of prime alligator habitat. From the Savannah River Site all the way up through Myrtle Beach, in the marshes and old rice fields along the coast. They range inland as far as Lake Marion and in our rivers and swamps. I'll be posting some information in this blog, not only on alligators, but on some of the other wildlife that is found here. Hope all you hunters, fishermen (and women!) along with anyone who enjoys the outdoors, find something interesting here in the next few days. SC has lots of places to see, and things to do,if you enjoy nature.

Updated: 6:16 PM GMT on February 08, 2006

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